Airbnb San Francisco Backlash: Thousands Petition for More Oversight

A battle over one of the country’s most expensive rental markets intensified this week when thousands of San Francisco residents petitioned the city to restrict home sharing websites like Airbnb.
More than 15,000 signed a petition calling for more oversight as well as new restrictions on the number of nights hosts can offer.
They are among critics of the booming digital home-sharing market who claim it has caused skyrocketing prices and evictions as landlords, including bigger property firms and developers, turf out residents looking for higher returns by using the websites.
Advocates of Airbnb, though, counter that restricting it just hurts middle-class owners who use it to rent out spare rooms and that it is bigger players in the rental market outside the home-sharing sites who are causing the high costs.



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